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New Art Exhibition – The Big Picture – at the Illinois State Museum

Robert Sill
New Art Exhibition – The Big Picture – at the Illinois State Museum
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Museum in Springfield has opened a new art exhibition featuring large-scale paintings by Illinois artists – The Big Picture: Large-Scale Paintings from the’70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.  The Big Picture presents a selection of paintings that explore some of the top stylistic and conceptual approaches to large-scale painting during these three decades, featuring both abstract and figurative works.

Drawn primarily from the ISM Illinois Legacy Collection, this exhibition is a look back at the variety of creative and innovative ways some of Illinois’ finest artists employed large-scale painting during the last quarter of the 20th century.

There is an enormous eight-foot cartoon-inspired painting by Chicagoan John Spear; a life-size, photo-realistic painting of the artist’s studio by Bloomington artist Kenneth Holder; and three of the largest paintings done by Chicago Imagists Ed Pashcke, Roger Brown, and Gladys Nillson. Other artists selected for the exhibition are Judith Geichman, Harold Gregor, Jerry Foley, Theodore Halkin, Michiko Itatani, Ellen Lanyon, Jim Lutes, Rosalyn Schwartz, Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, Ray Yoshida and Chuck Walker.

The exhibition is located in the second-floor gallery at the Illinois State Museum, located at 502 South Spring St. in Springfield.  The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon – 4:30 p.m.

(Image link below:  The Blue Velveteen Rabbit
John Spear
Acrylic on canvas
96 x 70”
ISM Illinois Legacy Collection)
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